The Junior School, for approximately 175 students from Grades 4 to 8, distinguishes itself by providing a challenging, broad-based program, which promotes critical thinking and creativity as well as preparing students for success in university and in life. Ashbury Junior School teachers are subject specialists who enrich the Ontario curriculum by extending learning beyond the borders of the classroom. It is our aim to enable every student to develop in the areas of academics, athletics, arts, co-curriculars, community and leadership skills. Clear standards and guidelines in work, sport, dress and behaviour help to achieve these goals.

Students are assigned to Forms of approximately 18 to 22 students while subject classes range from 10 to 22 students. A five-period, eight-day timetable is used with a morning break, lunch break, and afternoon break. 

In Grade 4, the Form teacher is responsible for most subjects; however, students change classes for Science, Art, French, Music, Physical Education and Games. In Grades 5 and 6, students work with specialists in all subjects. French classes for Grades 4,5 and 6 are subdivided into two levels of proficiency so that each student may work at a suitable pace.

To allow for differentiated and one-on-one attention, Grade 7 and 8 students are placed in English, Mathematics and French courses according to their ability. Artistic and linguistic ability are also taken into consideration in Music, Art and Drama. In Grade 8, students, in consultation with their MAD teachers, choose to specialize in two of the three MAD courses.

To support our academic offerings, a signature trait of the Junior School program is Student Super Block. This study skills program offered to all students in Grades 4 to 8 trains students in research and organizational skills, digital literacy and digital citizenship, and teaches students how to use mindfulness to help manage stress and concentration.

In addition to academic support by the Form and subject teachers, a Junior School Learning Strategist helps track and monitor student achievement and provide learning strategies to help students reach their academic potential. Physical and emotional support systems are also enhanced through interactions with the school nurse and the Life Skills coordinator.

Finally, each student belongs to one of four Houses: Dragons, Goblins, Hobbits, and Wizards. House points can be earned for almost every type of activity at school, with a system of points divided between academics, athletics, and the arts. Points are also awarded for effort and achievement, or when a teacher feels that a student has made an extra effort around the school.

Should you have questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact our Junior School Office at 613-749-9630, extension 221. We would also be happy to arrange a school visit.

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724